We have all heard stories about getting even after in the day’s late races but two masked robbers took things to a different level following the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday. A few hours after Mischievous Alex beat Untitled in the Gotham the two armed robbers made off with approximately $250,000.00.
Early Sunday morning detectives were combing Aqueduct looking for clues, including checking video cameras and trash cans. They were also interviewing witnesses and employees. It was the racetrack and not the casino that was robbed.
One NYRA employee speculated at it being an “inside job” as the perpetrators seemed to know the layout and that the guards transporting the money were not armed. The money was being taken to be locked away and stored from a counting room at the time of the heist. The robbers may not have attracted as much attention as they normally may have due to the coronavirus scare. They were reported to be wearing surgical type masks, similar to what many are wearing for virus protection.
The event reminds one of the old classic Stanley Kubrick film The Killing where a big racetrack heist was orchestrated during the running of a big race. The film is not for everyone, but it is a racetrack classic and one of our own Jonathan Stettin’s favorites,,,,,,,